The Business of
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Wisdom

On pioneering a new venture
from Italy, 504 years ago:

Machiavelli

There is nothing more difficult to take in hand,
More perilous to conduct,
Or more uncertain in its success,
Than to take the lead in the introduction
of a new order of things

Machiavelli

"The Prince", Chapter 6, 1513

On patents and intellectual property
from England, 123 years ago:

Rudyard Kipling

Steel and the first expansions. It paid, I tell you, it paid,
When we came with our nine-knot freighters and collared the long-run trade!
And they asked me how I did it; and I gave 'em the Scripture text,
"You keep your light so shining a little in front o' the next!"
They copied all they could follow, but they couldn't copy my mind,
And I left 'em sweating and stealing a year and a half behind.

Rudyard Kipling

From The "Mary Gloster" written in 1894 about a shipowner competing in world trade.

On American competitiveness  
from The United States, 48 years ago:

Vince Lombardi

Winning is not a sometime thing; it's an all the time thing. You don't win once in a while; you don't do things right once in a while; you do them right all the time. Winning is a habit. 

Unfortunately, so is losing. There is no room for second place. There is only one place in my game, and that's first place. I have finished second twice in my time at Green Bay, and I don't ever want to finish second again. There is a second place bowl game, but it is a game for losers played by losers. It is and always has been an American zeal to be first in anything we do, and to win, and to win, and to win.

Vince Lombardi 1913-1970

U.S. professional football coach for Green Bay Packers, 1959-1967.  In two seasons transformed losing team into consistent league winners.  Inspiring leader, never had a losing season in his career.

On Risk
The Petroleum Industry's Song?
from "The Gambler", 39 years ago

Kenny Rogers

You got to know when to hold 'em,
Know when to fold 'em,
Know when to walk away,
Know when to run . . . .

Kenny Rogers

Born August 21, 1938. An American singer-songwriter, photographer, record producer, actor, and entrepreneur.

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